ISSUE: 2019 – February
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Welcome to the latest edition of the Outreach newsletter.

Tuesday 5 March saw the close of the majority of our summer school applications for 2019. Parent/Guardians and teachers now have until Tuesday 19 March to complete their references/supporting statements. Whilst Summer School applications may be closed, there is still lots more going on at Imperial in the coming weeks.

In this months newsletter we have information on schools lectures on black holes and chemistry with electrons, details of our Maker Challenge Summer Intensive Programme and a Physics Easter School.

Best wishes,
Outreach Team

Programmes for schools

Summer Maker Challenge

Reach Out Makerspace, Imperial College London
Applications open

We are recruiting participants for the 2019 Maker Challenge Summer Intensive programme. 

Programme dates are as follows:

a)     29 July - 9 August 2019 
b)     12 August – 23 August 2019

Workshops take place Monday-Friday for two weeks from 10am-4pm. We are based at the Reach Out Makerspace in White City.

Students aged 14-18 can apply via now via our application system ASPIRE. For more information please visit The Maker Challenge webpage.

Proto Maker Challenge

Reach Out Maker Space, Imperial College London
Recruitment open

We are recruiting again for the Proto Maker Challenge, a fully-funded programme for young people aged 11-14 in local schools within the West London area.  If you are a teacher or parent interested in finding out more, please contact or visit the Imperial Outreach website and click Proto Maker Challenge

Einstein's monsters: the life and times of black holes

12 March 2019; 16:15 - 17:30
Imperial College London

Y10 - Y13 students - booking open

Come join us once again here at Imperial College for a evening which will take you to the most mysterious remaining places in the Universe, black holes! Professor Chris Impey, Associate Dean for Science at the University of Arizona, will take you through how black holes emerge from the mathematics of general relativity, what we've learned about the formation and evolution of these mysterious objects, and how they can grow become the massive behemoths that sit at the center of every galaxy. 

Tickets are FREE and can be booked on Eventbrite.

Should you have any accessibility needs, or any other concerns/questions, please email

Physics Easter School 2019

25-28 March 2019
Imperial College London

Y11 and Y12 students - Recruitment open

The Department of Physics at Imperial are offering a FREE four day Easter School between 25-28 March 2019. The opportunity is targeted at lower sixth students (but could also be suitable for able Y11 students). Schools can register around 7 students for the programme and the Physics department require a member of school staff attend on each of the days. 

Students will get a snapshot of life studying physics at university and be able to experience lectures, laboratory work and more. 

To find out more please contact

High Energy Physics Masterclass 2019

29 March 2019
Imperial College London

Y12 and Y13 students - Register your interest now

The Department of Physics at Imperial are inviting Sixth Form students studying Physics (and their teachers) to find out more about the exciting world of experimental pcarticle physics from one of the largest particle physics research groups in the country. 

Schools can book a maximum of 10 student places at a cost of £5 per student. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

If you are interested please contact

Be Inspired

16 April 2019; 09:30
Imperial College London

Y10 - Y13 students - Registration now

Imperial outreach have collaborated with Women in the City Afro-Caribbean Network (WCAN) to hold a full day event for young women of African & Caribbean descent wanting to know more about studying and pursuing a career in STEM. 

For more details on the event, or to register please visit:

If you have any questions about the event please email WCAN.

Newlands Lecture 2019

“Doing chemistry with electrons”
by Professor Philip N Bartlett

26 April 2019; 16:30-18:30
Imperial College London

Y10 - Y13 students - booking now

This 2019 lecture in the Newlands lecture series at Imperial College London will be delivered by Professor Philip N Bartlett who is a Professor of Electrochemistry within Chemistry at the University of Southampton.

This lecture is recommended for students Year 10-13 and their teachers and parents. The lecture will be preceded by an optional campus tour and / or Chemistry demonstrations. More information will be made available a few weeks prior to the lecture.

Please note, you can book a maximum of 30 tickets. Please see eventbrite to book.

Upcoming events

Royal Society - Biology Challenge 2019

6 - 26 March 2019
13-15 year old students - Registration open

The next Biology Challenge will take place between 6th – 26th March 2019.

Teachers can register their 13-15 year old students to participate in the competition, which encourages students to take an interest in biology beyond the school curriculum. The competition consists of two, 25-minute online tests. These are taken in schools under staff-supervised conditions at any time convenient during the competition dates.

Top scoring students are rewarded with publicly recognised certificates, and will be offered the opportunity to attend an awards ceremony in London. 

Visit the Biology Challenge website.

GT Scholars Careers Day

16 March 2019; 10am-4pm
Goldsmiths, University of London

Years 7-11 - Registration open

GT Scholars are offering a careers day allowing students the chance to hear from young professionals in a range of careers in Law, Medicine, Finance and Engineering. 

If you are interested in attending please visit the eventbrite page for booking and further information on the speakers. 

Women in Physics 2019

28 March 2019; 12:30 - 15:30
Imperial College London

Year 10, 11 and 12 students - Registration open

This exciting event (organised by Physics Outreach, Imperial College) is aimed at Years 10, 11, and 12 students who are already studying or are considering studying A-Level physics. Not only will attendees be exposed to the frontiers of Physics research and they should leave with a ‘yes you can’ attitude when it comes Physics research.

The afternoon will include a range of speakers from the physics department who are all involved in cutting edge research.   

For more information see eventbrite.

Physics Project Open Day for GCSE Students

20 June 2019; 10:00 - 13:00
Imperial College London

Year 10 and 11 students - Registration not yet open

This event is aimed at GCSE students (years 10 and 11) who are considering choosing physics as one of their A Level subjects. The session consists of short lectures and tips on how to get into physics, plus a Q&A with current undergraduate students. 

For more information see eventbrite.

Physics Project Open Day for A Level Students

21 June 2019; 10:00 - 13:00
Imperial College London

Year 12 students - Registration not yet open

This event is primarily aimed at year 12 students who would like to know more about physics, what the subject entails at degree level, and where it can lead career-wise. 

For more information see eventbrite.

Departmental outreach

National Heart and Lung Institute

Find more about the National Heart and Lung Institute's activities on their public engagement page.
Physics Department
Find out more about the Physics department's activities on their Outreach page.
Bioengineering Department
Find more about the department and their activities on their Facebook page.
Computing Department

Find more about the Computing department's activities on their Outreach page.

General resources

Visiting Imperial

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